Peace Like a River

Peace Like a River Review

Once in a great while, we encounter a novel in our voluminous reading that begs to be read aloud. Leif Enger's debut, Peace Like a River, is one such work. His richly evocative novel, narrated by an asthmatic 11-year-old named Reuben Land, is the story of Reuben's unusual family and their journey across the frozen Badlands of the Dakotas in search of his fugitive older brother. Charged with the murder of two locals who terrorized their family, Davy has fled, understanding that the scales of justice will not weigh in his favor. But Reuben, his father, Jeremiah—a man of faith so deep he has been known to produce miracles—and Reuben's little sister, Swede, follow closely behind the fleeing Davy.

Affecting and dynamic, Peace Like a River is at once a tragedy, a romance, and an unflagging exploration into the spirituality and magic possible in the everyday world, and in that of the world awaiting us on the other side of life. In Enger's superb debut effort, we witness a wondrous celebration of family, faith, and spirit, the likes of which we haven't seen in a long, long time—and the birth of a classic work of literature.

Title:Peace Like a River
Edition Language:English

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    Peace Like a River Reviews

  • Charlotte May

    This is a wonderful tale of the strength of family during hardships and struggle. The oldest child of Jeremiah Land - Davey gets into a fight with the local thugs when they break into his home and thr...

  • Beth

    2016 REVIEW: I just re-read this one for book club. After almost eight years, it was good to revisit it and rediscover what I loved about it. I remembered loving the characters (especially Reuben and ...

  • Julie

    I have added braided extensions to my hair, dolled up my face with bad 80s makeup and donned my largest hoop earrings. I now turn to the ladies of my book club as I sing:Do you really want to hurt me?...

  • Snotchocheez

    How do I write this to persuade the uninitiated how great Peace Like a River is without seeming like a freak? A cursory glance at the synopsis should've had me running for the hills. At its core, its...

  • Cheri

    ”When I was born to Helen and Jeremiah Land, in 1951, my lungs refused to kick in. “My father wasn’t in the delivery room or even in the building…Dad had gone out to pace in the damp Septembe...

  • Jessica

    I'm rereading this again for a book club I'm hosting. It is one of my all-time favorite books because it has GREAT writing, a wonderful message, a twisting plot and has laugh out loud parts. When peop...

  • Angela M

    One of my all time favorites !...

  • Karen

    This was such a great book! Don't miss this one!...

  • Doug Bradshaw

    Nostalgic, chock-full of miracles, poetic, a beautiful coming of age story, the love of family and friends, tragic, beautifully written, this book has it all. A classic. Loved it....

  • Sara

    I laughed; I cried. Real tears that streamed down my face and came from my heart. I loved each of these characters, invested in them, rooted for them, felt their pain (both physical and emotional), an...